Everyone knows there are two types of Christmas shoppers out there. There’s the ones who had all of their presents bought and wrapped in like, October. And then there’s the people who panic shop a few days before Christmas, buying a $400 doughnut maker instead of more practical presents for their friends and fam. If you’re the latter (and tbh, we are too), #the6ix has a million and one festive spots to help you check everyone off of your shopping list… and maybe a little something for yourself. From Xmas markets to holiday fairs, these are the best holiday events in Toronto to get your Christmas on. And click here for our fave festive activities from Vancouver to St. John’s before December 25 rolls around.
Evergreen’s Winter Village
Find it: 550 Bayview Ave., Evergreen Brickworks, evergreen.ca
The low-down: This winter village has something for everybody, no matter what tickles your holiday fancy. For the foodies, there is an ever-changing roster of food trucks lined up inside to satisfy any food craving, from steamed dumplings to gluten-free baked goods and gooey grilled cheese (literally drooling). For the shopaholics, peruse the Holiday Etsy Market for the cutest crafts and handmade goodies. And for the outdoor enthusiasts, take a walk in the snow-topped trails of the Don Valley.
When: December 2 to December 23, 2017 (plus, December 26 to 29)
Times: Every weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prices: Free admission
Toronto Christmas Market
Find it: 55 Mill St., torontochristmasmarket.com
The low-down: Arguably one of the most quintessential Christmas experiences in the #6ix, the Toronto Christmas Market located in the historic Distillery District is a fave amongst locals and visitors alike. The market is stocked with 38 food vendors boasting scrumptious eats, beer gardens to kick back and sip on a cold brew and an ever-changing lineup of musical performances from Traditional Tuesdays to Friday Night Jazz.
When: November 16 to December 23, 2017
Times: Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Prices: $6 per person on weekends starting on Friday at 5 p.m., free admission during the week
Holiday Fair in the Square
Find it: 100 Queen St W, Nathan Phillips Square, fairinthesquare.ca
The low-down: This Christmas market-meets-winter carnival, smack dab in the centre of downtown TO, is jam-packed with festive activities for everything on your holiday bucket list. From taking a whirl on the Parisian-style carousel at the Midway to sipping on an alcoholic bev at the Polar Point Bar and perusing the artisanal vendors, you’ll be singing “Deck The Halls” in no time.
When: December 1 to 23, 2017
Times: Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (6 p.m. on December 23)
Prices: Free admission
Christmas by Lamplight
Find it: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, North York, Black Creek Pioneer Village, blackcreek.ca
The low-down: Discover the Christmas traditions of the 1800s under the glow of lamplight, candles and crackling fireplaces (that’s right, no electricity) at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Wander through the historical homes, enjoy the Christmas carols from singers in period costumes and take home an old-fashioned ornaments as a souvenir. No time machine required.
When: December 23, 2017
Times: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Prices: $34.95 per person for non-members, $31.95 per person for members
Find it: 145 Queen St. W, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, national.ballet.ca
The low-down: Is there anything more Christmasy than watching a cast of ballet dancers twirl, leap and pointe across the stage to one of the most iconic ballets of all time? We think not. The National Ballet of Canada will take centre stage as they bring to life this classic holiday story with the help of opulent costumes, breathtaking props and gravity-defying dance moves.
When: December 9 to 30, 2017
Times: Vary depending on the performance, see the schedule here
Prices: $85 to $195, depending on the seat